Strange as it may sound, it’s time for spring maintenance for your private septic system, including the septic tank and whole septic system. Although there are a few things you can do yourself, such as finding the drain pipes to the septic tank, you’ll need a professional to assess the stability of your system and pump the sludge out of the tank. All About Plumbing and Septic is your go-to company for all plumbing service in the Asheville and Hendersonville, NC area.
Locate the Septic System. If you know where your septic tank is, great! Simply mark it for our technician. If not, then go to the basement/crawlspace to see where the main sewer line goes to the yard. From there our technician can use a probe to find the buried pipe.
Out in the yard, we’ll locate the tank, which is basically a big cement box that catches all the yuk water from your house, allows the solids to settle and the black water to empty into your drainfield in the yard. There is usually a small cement lid fitted on top of the tank, which our guy will uncover to inspect the tank.
Measure Scum and Sludge. You definitely don’t want to make this part of your DIY weekday chore list. Our technician will measure the crap (okay, technically it’s called solids) in the bottom of the tank, as well as the greasy goo on top (sludge, for the technical-word geeks like me) and let you know if the tank needs to be emptied. Chances are if you don’t know when it was last pumped, you’re due. Thankfully, that’s not on your DIY list, either.
Check the Drainfield. Our inspectors will also check the drainfield for signs of septic system failure. The significance is that if you don’t have the tank pumped regularly (every 5 years, usually) the solid gunk can get into the rather delicate drainfield. Next thing you know, you’ve got saw sewage seeping up out of your yard. True story!
Your Job in All This. Schedule annual inspections. Only plant grass above your drainfield, no trees/shrubs. Don’t drive over the drainfield. Practice water conservation. Otherwise, call us if you suspect a problem.
All About Plumbing and Septic is your best choice when considering maintenance of your septic tank and septic system. Serving the Asheville and Hendersonville, NC areas, we are here for you. Give us a call today!